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England U21 v Austria U21 live from Amex Stadium

LIVE: England U21 v Austria… follow all the action from the Amex Stadium

By
Charlie Skillen

PUBLISHED:

19:15 GMT, 25 March 2013

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UPDATED:

19:44 GMT, 25 March 2013

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of England U21's clash with Austria at Brighton's Amex Stadium, with kick-off at 7.45.

Having wrapped up a record eighth win on the bounce – every one a clean sheet – with a comfortable 3-0 win over Romania on Thursday night, Stuart Pearce's men are going for cloud nine tonight.

It's the final chance for England's young lions to impress in a bid to make this summer's European championships in Israel.

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19:43 …and here's God Save the Queen.

19:41 Kick-off is in about five minutes, we're just hearing the Austrian national anthem…

19:39 Stuart Pearce just spoke to ESPN before the game about the side's lead-up to the match and the make-up of tonight's team:

'We've had a brilliant week,' said Pearce.

'After Thursday, the way the players have been in training has been outstanding.

'We need to top off the week with a good result and a good performance here.'

On not selecting usual captain Jordan Henderson for tonight's starting line-up:

'I know what Jordan can do. He's an outstanding player and leader of men at this level and I'm not sure how much I would learn from playing him here.

'It was more important to keep Nathaniel Chalobah in the side after what he did on Thursday.'

That seems like Henderson is a certainty to be part of a growing Liverpool contingent in Pearce's squad.

19:26 And let's not forget – victory here will be Stuart Pearce's side's ninth on the spin. Friday's triumph over Romania sealed a record eighth win, and the young Lions have achieved that without conceding a single goal. More of the same tonight, please…

19:25 The action for England U21s this summer in Israel kicks off on June 5 when they face Italy, before playing Norway on June 8 and facing the hosts June 11. Performances in this game will be key to making up the squad that travels to the tournament.

19:18 So Wilfried Zaha is not in the squad tonight – but he's a dead cert for the European Championships squad. He's returned to Crystal Palace for dental work. This gives a chance for the more borderline players to make an impact before Stuart Pearce names his squad for the summer tournament in Israel.

19.15 Evening everyone, and welcome to Sportsmail's live coverage of England U21s clash with Austria.

Kick-off is in about half an hour, but let's start with tonight's line-up:

England Jason Steele, Andre Wisdom, Danny Rose, Jason Lowe, Tom Lees, Craig Dawson (capt), Andros Townsend, Nathaniel Chalobah, Connor Wickham, Jonjo Shelvey, Raheem Sterling.

Subs Adam Smith, Jack Butland, Jack Robinson, Nathaniel Clyne, Michael Keane, Jordan Henderson, Josh McEachran, Nathan Delfouneso, Marvin Sordell, Tom Carroll.

Romania Richard Strebinger, Florian Neuhold, Kevin Wimmer, Tobias Kainz, Michael Sabitzer, Raphael Holzhauser (capt) Robert Zulj, Patrick Farkas, Simon Piesinger, Lukas Spendlhofer

Subs Christoph Riegler, Christian Schilling, Martin Ziegl, Daniel Offenbacher, Michael Grogoritsch, Mattias Maak, Dominik Starkl.

Young gun: Nathaniel Chalobah is making his second start for the U21s

Young gun: Nathaniel Chalobah is making his second start for the U21s

Arsene Wenger may risk Jack Wilshere in Arsenal FA Cup tie with Blackburn Rovers ahead of Champions League tie

Risk Jack before Bayern Wenger to make late call on Wilshere in FA Cup

By
Jim Van Wijk, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

08:24 GMT, 15 February 2013

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UPDATED:

12:19 GMT, 15 February 2013

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger must decide whether to risk Jack Wilshere in tomorrow's FA Cup fifth-round tie against Blackburn or save the England midfielder for next week's Champions League clash against Bayern Munich.

Wilshere will be closely monitored after coming off against Sunderland last week with a dead leg, just days after his heroic display for England in the win over Brazil at Wembley.

Wenger started Wilshere on the bench for the last FA Cup tie at Brighton, where his second-half introduction helped spark a late rally to secure a 3-2 win.

Worth the risk Arsene Wenger will make a late call on whether to play Jack Wilshere in the FA Cup tie with Blackburn Rovers tomorrow in view of the midweek Champions League tie with Bayern Munich

Worth the risk Arsene Wenger will make a late call on whether to play Jack Wilshere in the FA Cup tie with Blackburn Rovers tomorrow in view of the midweek Champions League tie with Bayern Munich

Concern: A worried Wenger looks on as Wilshere receives treatment during Arsenal's 1-0 win over Sunderland last weekend

Concern: A worried Wenger looks on as Wilshere receives treatment during Arsenal's 1-0 win over Sunderland last weekend

However, the Gunners boss knows just how crucial a fully-fit Wilshere will be for his side's hopes to progress in Europe, and so could err on the side of caution if the midfielder is touch and go for tomorrow.

'Jack is looking better, but is still a doubt. He got a kick on the thigh,' the Arsenal manager said.

Wenger is likely to try to protect the fitness of several key men, while also seeing off the challenge of Blackburn who were thumped 7-1 on the last visit 12 months ago as they headed for relegation.

Captain Thomas Vermaelen missed both the last two matches because of an ankle problem, which has been requiring injections.

The Belgian centre-half said during a Q&A with fans on Arsenal's official Twitter account yesterday: 'At the moment I feel great, I trained all week, so hopefully I will be back really quickly.'

Back soon: Thomas Vermaelen (right) told fans that he was close to a return

Back soon: Thomas Vermaelen (right) told fans that he was close to a return

Centre-half Laurent Koscielny is another doubt with the calf injury which saw him limp out of the warm-up last weekend, after originally picking up the problem while away on international duty with France.

Full-back Carl Jenkinson will be suspended for the cup tie after his red card for two cautions at Sunderland.

With Kieran Gibbs still sidelined by a thigh problem and Andre Santos having joined Brazilian side Gremio on loan, Wenger's defensive options are stretched, so Ignasi Miquel, the 20-year-old Spaniard, looks set to be involved again this weekend.

View to a return: But this weekend's match with Blackburn may come too soon for Laurent Koscielny

View to a return: But this weekend's match with Blackburn may come too soon for Laurent Koscielny

Centre-back Per Mertesacker maintains Arsenal must put all thought of tackling Bayern Munich out of their minds as they look to book safe passage into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

'We still have an important cup game on Saturday (first) – we absolutely want to advance in the FA Cup, that is why the preparations for Bayern are not that intense yet,' the Germany international said.

'However, beginning on Sunday the preparations for Tuesday's match will be extreme.'

Tomorrow sees the start of a crucial period which could well define Arsenal's season, as they go to Tottenham on March 9 and then host Everton before travelling to the Allianz Arena for the second leg.

Mertesacker added: 'Bayern are doing superb this year and that is a big challenge for us, but we are looking forward to both legs.'

Brighton v Newcastle – FA Cup live

FA CUP LIVE: Brighton v Newcastle – the action from the Amex Stadium as it happens

PUBLISHED:

04:00 GMT, 5 January 2013

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UPDATED:

11:44 GMT, 5 January 2013

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the FA Cup as Brighton host Newcastle at the Amex Stadium to start the weekend's third round action. The Premier League side are favourites going into their clash at the Championship outfit but they will be wary of their exit at Gus Poyet's team in the fourth round of the competition a year ago.

*Follow live coverage from 12pm*

Weekend opener: Brighton host Newcastle at the Amex Stadium

Weekend opener: Brighton host Newcastle at the Amex Stadium

Craig Mackail-Smith wanted by Norwich City

Norwich preparing 3m swoop for Brighton striker Mackail-Smith

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UPDATED:

22:00 GMT, 29 December 2012

Norwich manager Chris Hughton will go back for 3m Brighton striker Craig Mackail-Smith after missing out on him in the summer.

Hughton is keen to boost his side’s goal tally with Grant Holt having scored only four times this season.

Mackail-Smith, 28, has reached double figures in the Championship.

Wanted man: Brighton striker Mackail-Smith (left)

Wanted man: Brighton striker Mackail-Smith (left)

Leeds target Southampton striker Rickie Lambert

Leeds ready to splash the cash on Southampton striker Lambert

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UPDATED:

23:20 GMT, 22 December 2012

Rickie Lambert is the surprise name on Neil Warnock's wishlist for Leeds following the club's takeover by Dubai-based group GFH.

Warnock hopes to sign six players in January after GFH completed a reported 17million purchase from Ken Bates on Friday.

Target: Southampton striker Rickie Lambert

Target: Southampton striker Rickie Lambert

Signing strikers is Warnock's priority, with Southampton's Lambert and Brighton's Craig Mackail-Smith lined up as targets.

Lambert, 30, started the season on the Southampton bench but has scored six Premier League goals this season. However, he may be allowed to leave if the club sign other players.

Lambert has scored more than a goal every two games for Southampton and got his first chance to play in the Premier League this season after years in the lower reaches with Blackpool, Macclesfield, Stockport, Bristol Rovers and Rochdale.

However, the ambitions of Leeds may tempt him.

Mackail-Smith would cost Warnock around 1.5m.

Paul Robinson is leaving Blackburn Rovers

Kean takes over at Blackburn… In goal as Robinson is shown the exit

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UPDATED:

22:22 GMT, 20 December 2012

One-time England goalkeeper Paul Robinson is on his way out of Ewood Park.

The 33-year-old will be put up for sale by Blackburn Rovers, though it is unclear what his destination will be with Southampton, West Brom, West Ham and Fulham all reported to have an interest.

Exit this way: 33-year-old Paul Robinson is on the way out of Blackburn Rovers with several Premier League clubs reportedly interested in his signing

Exit this way: 33-year-old Paul Robinson is on the way out of Blackburn Rovers with several Premier League clubs reportedly interested in his signing

Robinson, who gained 41 caps between 2003 and 2007, was surprisingly dropped by Blackburn boss Henning Berg in the 2-0 defeat by Blackpool last Saturday.

Jake Kean was the man between the posts and the 21-year-old, who has played just three games for Rovers, is expected to keep his place in the game against Brighton on Saturday.

No 1: 21-year-old Jake Kean surprisingly took Robinson's spot in the starting XI last week, and is expected to stay in the side for the game against Brighton

No 1: 21-year-old Jake Kean surprisingly took Robinson's spot in the starting XI last week, and is expected to stay in the side for the game against Brighton

Mark McGhee sacked as Bristol Rovers manager

McGhee sacked as Bristol Rovers manager after defeat at York

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UPDATED:

19:01 GMT, 15 December 2012

Mark McGhee has been sacked as Bristol Rovers manager after this afternoon's 4-1 defeat at York City.

The result leaves Rovers second bottom in League Two, having won just four of 22 matches so far. They have not won a match since November 10.

Chairman Nick Higgs said in a club statement: 'We had hoped that the appointment of Mark McGhee would give the club some stability and long term progress, but unfortunately that has not been the case.

Sacked: Mark McGhee and Bristol Rovers parted company after today's 4-1 defeat at York City

Sacked: Mark McGhee and Bristol Rovers parted company after today's 4-1 defeat at York City

'We have decided that we can no longer continue with the current situation and had to make the difficult decision to part company with Mark. We decided we had to act now before it was too late.'

The Scot, who had previously managed Leicester City, Wolves, Millwall, Brighton, Motherwell and Aberdeen, was appointed in January following the departure of Paul Buckle.

Just yesterday, McGhee spoke of his 'embarrassment' at the side's lowly position in League Two.

He told BBC Radio Bristol: 'I think all the other managers in this league would agree – you don't want to be in the bottom division of your league tier.

'On behalf of the fans, we should feel embarrassed to be in this league and to be in this position.'

West Ham Premier League return with Tottenham chosen for Monday night kick-off

Fears over West Ham v Spurs as return match is moved to 8pm kick-off amid tensions over offensive chants

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UPDATED:

16:59 GMT, 4 December 2012

February's Premier League match between West Ham and Tottenham has been moved to a Monday evening, despite offensive and anti-semitic chanting by Hammers fans in the return fixture last month.

The match at Upton Park will be shown live Sky Sports at 8pm on Monday February 25.

The decision to move the fixture comes just a few weeks after a match between the sides at White Hart Lane, played at 4pm on a Sunday afternoon, was marred by offensive chanting from the away end.

Flashpoint:The last match between Tottenham and West Ham was marred by offensive chanting

Flashpoint:The last match between Tottenham and West Ham was marred by offensive chanting

West Ham fans chanted 'Viva Lazio' and sang songs about former Lazio and Hammers player Paolo Di Canio to taunt Tottenham fans in the week a group were brutally attacked before a Europa League tie in Rome.

They also made hissing noises to mimic the sounds of the death chambers at concentration camps during World War Two and sang about Adolf Hitler in reference to Tottenham's large Jewish fanbase.

There will be fears that a television-imposed late kick-off for the return match could lead to similar offensive chanting as a great deal of bad blood remains between the two sets of supporters.

It was also announced today that ITV One will screen West Ham's FA Cup third round tie with Manchester United at 5.15pm on Saturday January 5.

Newcastle United's trip to Brighton and Hove Albion will also be on ITV at 12.30pm on the Saturday, a repeat of last season's fourth round match that Brighton won 1-0.

Upset: Will Buckley scored the winner last season when Brighton knocked out Newcastle in the fourth round

Upset: Will Buckley scored the winner last season when Brighton knocked out Newcastle in the fourth round

ESPN have chosen three live matches for later in the weekend, starting with Swansea City vs. Arsenal on Sunday January 6 at 1.30pm.

Liverpool's trip to either Mansfield Town or Lincoln City will be screen on ESPN at 4pm on the Sunday, while Everton's game at either Cheltenham Town or Hereford United is live at 7.45pm on Monday January 7.

Crystal Palace and Brighton fans fight: 10 arrests made

Ten arrests made after Brighton and Palace fans scrap in London

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UPDATED:

17:31 GMT, 3 December 2012

Ten men arrested following a brawl between rival football fans have been released on bail.

Violence broke out between Brighton supporters and Crystal Palace fans in London after the npower Championship clubs were involved in separate fixtures on November 10.

A group of 10 men were questioned on suspicion of violent disorder this weekend and have been bailed until early January.

Scrap: Crystal Palace and Brighton fans clashed following the derby

Scrap: Crystal Palace and Brighton fans clashed following the derby

Four of the men were arrested in Sussex while six were held in Croydon and other parts of south London, Scotland Yard said.

Violence broke out in the King’s Cross area after Brighton drew 3-3 at Wolves and Palace secured a late 2-1 victory at Peterborough.

The arrests this weekend came as the rival clubs met each other in the league, at Palace’s Selhurst Park, in south London. The home side secured a 3-0 victory over their visitors who were reduced to 10 men in the first half.

Complaints: Brighton players moan to the referee during their thrashing

Complaints: Brighton players moan to the referee during their thrashing

The result – inspired by two goals from Palace’s former Brighton favourite Glenn Murray – sent the club to the top of the league.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Barnes said police would seek football banning orders 'where appropriate'.

Sean Maguire is West Ham target

Young Irish striker Maguire on Hammers boss Allardyce's wishlist

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UPDATED:

23:22 GMT, 27 November 2012

West Ham are poised to sign young Irish striker Sean Maguire after he impressed on trial.

The 18-year-old Waterford United player had a spell with Blackpool last week and has been scouted by Brighton, Peterborough and Derby.

Allardyce's side have struggled for goals this season with loan striker Andy Carroll only netting his first at the weekend.

Reaching out: Sam Allardyce (left) could soon have youngster Sean Maguire at the club

Reaching out: Sam Allardyce (left) could soon have youngster Sean Maguire at the club